Saturday 11th April – Saturday in the Octave of Easter
Reflection: Acts 4:13-21
It is not an easy task to speak for justice and truth in a world deep in falsehood and corruption. It is even more difficult to rejoice in the hope that Christ would return in glory to bring victory to those who have held on to him in the midst of the great suffering in this world. It is easy to say “I will be a Catholic till I die”, but it is really an uphill task to keep alive the fire of the Holy Spirit in daily Christian living. Witnessing to Christ in words and actions is however not impossible because we can trust in God’s grace to strengthen us.
Peter and John in today’s reading understood clearly that witnessing to the Christ is a call from the God. Hence, they refused to be dissuaded by the council’s order (Acts 4: 19-20). What is your reaction when you are persecuted for standing for truth? As a young person, your decision to strive for holiness will not go unnoticed. Members of your family, peers at school, in your neighbourhood or at your work place will notice that your life is different. Trials will come especially from those who filled threatened by you. Will you decide to give up in order to please them?
Dear Friend, God calls you to be His witness in a fallen world. Let your life proclaim Him and seek opportunities to share the joy of the good news with someone. Like the Peter and John, obey God rather than man!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, make me a faithful witness to your Resurrection, and when I face persecution, remind me that you are there with me. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 354 – Can people be forced to believe in God?
No. No one may force others to believe, not even one’s own children, just as no one may be forced to be an unbeliever. A person can make the decision to believe only in complete freedom. Christians, however, are called to help other people, by word and example, to find the way to faith.
HIDE A REASURE: “Preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season”. 2 Timothy 4:2 RSV-CE.
Today’s Readings: Acts 4:13-21; Psalm 118:1, 14-21; Mark 16:9-15